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TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

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What type of grilling do you prefer?

Gas
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Wood
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Charcoal
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TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby chefshawn » Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:47 pm

Now, I understand that sometime we do not own the preferred means of grilling due to rules of our homes/neighborhoods. For instance, I don't know many apartment complexes that allow for a charcoal grill on the second-floor balconies.

I guess what I'm looking for here is PREFERENCE. How do you prefer your foods to be grilled?
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby aslansavz » Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:53 pm

I prefer the ease of gas, but love the taste of charcoal. We only have a gas grill, though.
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Chef Mongo » Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:57 pm

Charcoal. Wouldn't have a gas grill ifn' you gave it to me.
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby DanC » Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:01 pm

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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby nolafoodie » Sun Aug 15, 2010 5:38 pm

Wood, hands-down. Unfortunately, I don't have a wood grill (can you use wood in a Weber kettle?), so charcoal is my go-to method. Gas is convenient, but nothing beats the flavor of real fire, KWIM?
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby beenie » Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:19 pm

Around here, you can't have anything other than electric within 10 feet of the building.

We used to have a gas grill and I loved it for how easy it was, but I prefer the taste of charcoal. We have a little Smoky Joe.
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Slamdunkpro » Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:54 pm

There is virtually no flavor difference between something cooked on a good hot gas grill and cooked over a black charcoal fire with no flavor enhancers added to the charcoal.
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Chef Mongo » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:34 pm

Slamdunkpro wrote:There is virtually no flavor difference between something cooked on a good hot gas grill and cooked over a black charcoal fire with no flavor enhancers added to the charcoal.



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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Parrothead » Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:24 am

Nola - you can use both charcoal and wood in a Weber Kettle...it's just a matter of preference.

I bet I go through 500# of charcoal a year. I grill a lot. Had grilled fish and shrimp tacos Saturday night for dinner - threw the tilapia fillets and shrimp in a brine for 30 minutes like AB did on the shrimp cocktail episode, drained / rinsed a bit, then ran them through some Citrus Grill seasoning. Very good for seafood tacos.
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Postby sadiedog » Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:11 am

Prefer the taste of foods cooked on charcoal, but for ease I use the gas grill more often.
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Slamdunkpro » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:21 am

Parrothead wrote:Nola - you can use both charcoal and wood in a Weber Kettle...it's just a matter of preference.

Weber specifically says not to use sticks in their charcoal products. Burning sticks as in a straight wood fueled fire will void the warranty in both the kettles and the WSM's.
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Parrothead » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:47 am

Why is that SDP? Seems to me that it wouldn't be any different.
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Postby Slamdunkpro » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:25 am

Parrothead wrote:Why is that SDP? Seems to me that it wouldn't be any different.

Just repeating what the Weber rep told me - apparently open flames will spall the ceramic on the inside of the kettle.
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby nolafoodie » Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:44 am

Thanks for the info. That's fine. I was thinking of getting one of those firepits with the grill tops.

But then I discovered some websites on DIY clay ovens. :mrgreen:
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Kat » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:26 pm

I've always prefered the taste of food cooked on a gas grill. Never been one for charcoal -- the food always tastes like lighter fluid to me. :?
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Postby Kristina » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:51 pm

Kat wrote:I've always prefered the taste of food cooked on a gas grill. Never been one for charcoal -- the food always tastes like lighter fluid to me. :?


This is why I don't use lighter fluid. :)
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby bigchz » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:38 pm

Kristina wrote:
Kat wrote:I've always prefered the taste of food cooked on a gas grill. Never been one for charcoal -- the food always tastes like lighter fluid to me. :?


This is why I don't use lighter fluid. :)


You know, last night I was grilling some salmon and sweet corn and realized I ran out of lighter fluid. I had some of those cubed fire starter thingys and they worked like a charm, even though it was windy, and with no after taste.

You're right Kat I don't enjoy that fluid taste either.

I just bought a bag of Fat Wood, I wonder if that would impart a funky taste to grilled food. Anyone out there try to start their charcoal grill with Fat Wood?
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Pixietoes » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:04 pm

I prefer gas. For years I was a charcoal snob, never used lighter fluid, instead using an electric starter (unless Slam is in town, he has the COOLEST tools) to get the coals going. Last year after much angst we finally bought a gas grill and I can't remember for even a moment what it was I liked about charcoal grilling.
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Chef Mongo » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:33 pm

Pixietoes wrote:(unless Slam is in town, he has the COOLEST tools)



I'll just leave this here, my comment taken as read ... :twisted:
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Postby SFB » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:42 pm

I use a combo of charcoal and wood. Charcoal for the heat, wood for the smoke.
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby chefshawn » Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:53 pm

Kristina wrote:
Kat wrote:I've always prefered the taste of food cooked on a gas grill. Never been one for charcoal -- the food always tastes like lighter fluid to me. :?


This is why I don't use lighter fluid. :)


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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Butterbean » Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:09 pm

Kat wrote:I've always prefered the taste of food cooked on a gas grill. Never been one for charcoal -- the food always tastes like lighter fluid to me. :?

All my experience has been with charcoal & fluid starter. Honestly, if you wait long enough, the fluid burns off. If the coals are white-hot, you do not taste lighter fluid, and especially if you don't overdo the fluid (which many do). Your patience will be rewarded.
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Norm357 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:11 pm

I trust what Slam says, but I prefer charcoal.
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Parrothead » Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:41 pm

A charcoal chimney is the way to go - you'll never need fluid again!
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby JeanC » Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:10 am

I voted gas since it is so easy and fast to use, esp right after work. I do have a charcoal grill I love for when I have time to futz with it. Haven't used lighter fluid in years (much to the relief of my hubby as I love spritzing it on while the flames are going :mrgreen: Yeah, just call me Ms Firebug :lol: ) and I LOVE my charcoal chimney starter, esp since I took the tip from AB about spritzing veggie oil on the paper before I light up.
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Parrothead » Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:15 pm

JeanC wrote:the tip from AB about spritzing veggie oil on the paper before I light up.


That trick works well!
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby TessB » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:22 pm

DanC wrote:Image

Charcoal, but the gas starter rocks...

We have this too!!!!!
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Re: TAKE A STAND: Round 12 - Grillin'

Postby Sharona » Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:25 pm

Wood, for flavor.

Gas, for speed & ease of control.

Right now we don't have a outdoors grill, but are saving up for a WSM someday. Indoors, we've got a JennAire gas stove with grilling unit, and it gets used pretty heavily. It's nice being able to be comfortable when grilling stuff even when it's 95F+ outside, be able to get stuff done in the kitchen without running outdoors to check on the grilling part of the meal.
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